Parker, Washington

Parker is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in central Yakima County, Washington, United States. It is located on U.S. Route 97 between the cities of Union Gap and Wapato on the Yakama Indian Reservation. The town had a population of 154 at the 2010 census.

Parker, Washington
Parker, Washington is located in Yakima County
Parker, Washington
Parker, Washington
Location of Parker, Washington
Parker, Washington is located in Washington (state)
Parker, Washington
Parker, Washington
Parker, Washington (Washington (state))
Coordinates: 46°30′03″N 120°27′55″W / 46.5009605°N 120.4653406°W / 46.5009605; -120.4653406Coordinates: 46°30′03″N 120°27′55″W / 46.5009605°N 120.4653406°W / 46.5009605; -120.4653406[1]
CountryUnited States
Elevation928 ft (283 m)
 • Total154
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code509
FIPS code53-53265[4]
GNIS feature ID1512547[2]


The first plat for the town of Parker was filed January 6, 1909. It was originally settled by William Parker in 1864, and was named for him by the Northern Pacific Railway in 1890.[5]

Parker does not have any form of city government. Police service is delivered by the Yakima County Sheriffs department, and a local volunteer fire station. The U.S. Postal Service provides post office box delivery on weekdays and Saturday. The ZIP code for Parker, Washington is 98939. Currently, children attend Wapato public schools in the Wapato School District approximately four miles southeast of town.

Businesses include a wood cutting businesses, Nickoloffs Fruit Stand, and a fireworks stand that is open during the Fourth of July and New Years holiday seasons.

Local residents are primarily employed in occupations related to agriculture and fruit orchards.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Parker has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[6] Parker, Washington temperatures get well into the 80s and 90s for most of July and August, with some days into the low 100s.


  1. ^ "Parker". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Tacoma Public Library, Washington Place Names Archived 2011-07-09 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Parker, Washington